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Kirsty Macrae

PAINTING WITH CLAY

Inspired by the world around me

 
BIO

My ceramics are an exploration of gesture, form, and colour. My work draws inspiration from the heritage of eighteenth-century English slipware pottery, using it as a starting point to create my contemporary ceramic sculptures and vessels.
 
My work is strongly influenced by my background as a painter. I create work that playfully imagines clay as the canvas, both in form and surface. I employ traditional pottery decorative techniques alongside mark-making usually associated with abstract expressionist painting to create lush, layered surfaces.

 

 

PROCESS

Drawing is fundamental to my creative process and my sketches play a major role in developing new work.   My work is hand-built, using coils of red earthenware clay to recreate these drawings.   The unfired clay is then painted using a palette of handmade slips (liquid clay) using both traditional ceramic and painting techniques. 

The form is then slowly dried over the course of several weeks before being bisque fired.  A range of glazes and oxide washes are then applied to achieve complex and varied surfaces, before finally being fired to 1100 degrees.

 

 

K I R S T Y  M A C R A E  C E R A M I C S

E:  kirstyjmacrae@gmail.com

A:   Unit D Cypress House 

Coburg Road,

Wood Green

N22 6UJ
 

© 2019 by Kirsty Macrae